The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported a shallow magnitude 5.4 earthquake in northeast China on Sunday, with no initial reports of serious damage or injuries.
Residents in the area shared videos on social media of shaking light fixtures, trembling ground, and people fleeing their homes, including one of individuals walking past bricks scattered on the ground.
The quake, which struck at 2:33 am (1833 GMT Saturday), hit 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of the city of Dezhou in Shandong province, at a depth of 10 kilometers, USGS said.
“The tremor was so strong… during the earthquake my head was shaking on the pillow, I thought I was having a nightmare,” one person posted on social media platform Weibo from Shandong’s neighboring Hebei province.
The quake was felt as far away as the cities of Beijing and Tianjin as well as in Shanghai, about 800 kilometers from the epicenter.
“I can’t say anything except that it’s scary,” another Weibo user said.
Earthquakes are not uncommon in China but it is particularly rare for them to hit the eastern part of the country where most of the population and big cities are located.
An official from the Shandong Seismological Bureau said the possibility of a larger earthquake is “very small”, according to local media.